Study

Post-logging recovery time is longer than expected in an East African tropical forest

  • Published source details Bonnell T.R., Reyna-Hurtado R. & Chapman C.A. (2011) Post-logging recovery time is longer than expected in an East African tropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 261, 855-864

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Log/remove trees within forests: effects on mature trees

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Forest Conservation
  1. Log/remove trees within forests: effects on mature trees

    A site comparison study in 2006 in tropical forest in Uganda (Bonnell, Reyna-Hurtado & Chapman 2011) found that moderate and heavy logging decreased the density of tree stems. Stem density was higher in unlogged and light-logged plots (470 and 480 stems/ha respectively) than in heavy-logged plots (300 stems/ha). There was no difference to other treatments in moderate-logged plots (350 stems/ha). Trees basal area was higher in unlogged (42 m2/ha) than in moderate-logged and heavy-logged plots (23 m2/ha in both). There was no difference to other treatments in light-logged plots (33 m2/ha). Twenty six 200 × 10 m plots were marked in four sites with different logging histories: heavy-logged (n = 5); moderate-logged (n = 4); light-logged (n = 6); and unlogged (n = 11). Logging was in 1969, data werecollected in 2006.

     

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